Disaster Response/Preparedness Specialist

US Department of State - Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Dunn Loring, VA
Up to $134,690 per year + Benefits
Nov 22, 2021
Nov 28, 2021
Full Time


This is a non-status, non-permanent Personal Services Contract (PSC) position. You do no acquire a competitive or excepted service status from this position. This position is located in the Office of Mobile Security Deployments (MSD), Training Directorate (T), Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), Department of State in Dunn Loring, Virginia. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that operational personnel can mitigate risks associated with natural and manmade disaster response tasks. 



Coordinates with domestic and overseas security personnel to monitor and maintain awareness of emergency response capabilities of domestic and overseas facilities and organizations to aid in the creation and implementation of emergency response policies and plans. Develops planning objectives and directives.  Coordinates with emergency management personnel and services domestically and overseas to provide input in developing plans and procedures.  Updates and revises program goals and priorities as appropriate to reflect progress against planning requirements.

Deploys as needed to serve as a support element to MSD Teams.  Maintains responsibility for preparing mission-specific emergency policies and procedures to augment existing and ongoing disaster response operations and security planning efforts for Department missions domestically and overseas.  Provides technical advice in the design, development, coordination, and implementation of disaster readiness and response procedures; including deployment team structure, gear requirements, and rules of engagement in national and international security activities.

Conducts security assessments to identify, minimize and/or eliminate hazards and threats to Department missions.  Develops operational policies and procedures related to disaster response, including the establishment of training and equipment policies.  Establishes guidelines for maintenance of life-safety equipment, assuring periodic inspection and replacement follow OSHA, industry, and manufacturer standards.

Identifies and recommends appropriate equipment and training opportunities to support the MSD disaster response mission ready package; focusing on theories of operating in a post-disaster environment, search and rescue methods, and mitigation of risks associated with disaster response tasks such as extrication of entrapped victims, operating in swift water environments and the use of emergency descent rope systems.  

Creates and maintains contacts with senior planning staff of outside federal agencies, and state and local officials, as well as with host-nation counterparts to ensure full coordination of assigned emergency management programs.  Coordinates development and execution of international disaster response plans in austere, high-threat regions around the world. 


Travel Required: 50% or less

Description: Travel will be both domestic and international


Conditions of Employment:

U.S. Citizenship is required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance. Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing. Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

Applicants applying for the GS-13 must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience of interagency collaboration, emergency management planning, training and exercises that enhance response strategies. 
  • Experience in written and verbal communication, to provide advice and guidance, and to prepare and present in-depth briefings to large and small audiences.

  • Experience with interpreting legislation and policies to provide guidance and advice to identify deficiencies while monitoring programs or operations.



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